There isn’t a more perfect start to a new era of Chiefs football that anyone could ask for. The first regular season game ever played at The New Arrowhead won’t just be in week one…it won’t just be against a division rival…it won’t just be in prime time…it will be on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!
As “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus said in March, “The New Arrowhead is going to be rocking…I can see us shocking the Chargers…”
The Chiefs faithful have waited five seasons for football to return to a Monday night in Kansas City and it’s been a grueling 42-years since the Chiefs last opened their regular season on a Monday night (9/9/68 at Houston). Never before has Arrowhead hosted a season opener in front a national audience on MNF.
The loudest stadium in the NFL truly returns on Monday, September 13th.
I know that emotions are running high right now. Follow these three steps and then go find pen and paper.
1) Let the info process, Monday night is back!
2) Take a deep breath…whew.
3) Buy your tickets and pack the house.
Once those three steps are taken care of, you’re ready to send out a thank you note addressed to 280 Park Avenue. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL’s broadcasting department came through today in a big way. This reward is well deserved for a franchise and fan base whose roots directly intertwine with the development of the NFL as we know it today.
Sure, the stats have all been presented as to the history of teams set to debut a new or renovated stadium in a prime time television slot, but a space in the Monday night lineup was no guarantee. Most fans were holding out hope for a MNF contest, but the September 13th time-slot comes as a total surprise; mainly because ESPN announced over a month ago that the new Meadowlands would kick off the NFL’s 2010 Monday night schedule (they still will…Kansas City will be the second-half of the MNF double-header).
Hosting the Chargers is a dream scenario for local sports fans. The Royals are scheduled to host the Oakland Athletics that evening, which we all assume will be moved up to an afternoon contest, giving the city one heck of a kickoff party and an awesome two-sport Monday double against California opponents at the Truman Sports Complex.
Kansas City sports fans might as well put in for that day off right now.
This is beyond expectations. This is beyond a perfect way to open The New Arrowhead. The only thing left to do is win.
HISTORY OF THE CHIEFS AND MNF
The second-ever regular season telecast of ABC’s Monday Night Football featured the defending World Champion Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore (9/28/70). While Don McCafferty’s Colts eventually go on to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V, the Chiefs would get a convincing 44-24 win in this prime time showdown.
Four of QB Len Dawson’s 12 pass attempts on the night went for TDs, but it was Kansas City’s defense that stole the show. The Chiefs forced seven Baltimore turnovers including three INTs by S Johnny Robinson and two by CB Emmitt Thomas, allowing RB Ed Podolak to grind out the game on the ground in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs MNF Record: 20-15 (.571)
9/28/70 at Baltimore (W- 44-24)
10/18/71 vs. Pittsburgh (W- 38-16)
12/6/71 at San Francisco (W – 26-17)
9/25/72 at New Orleans (W – 20-17)
10/29/73 at Buffalo (L – 14-23)
11/12/73 vs. Chicago (W – 19-7)
11/18/74 at Denver (W – 42-34)
11/10/75 at Dallas (W – 34-31)
9/20/76 vs. Oakland (L – 21-24)
10/3/77 vs. Oakland (L – 28-37)
9/12/83 vs. San Diego (L – 14-17)
9/17/90 at Denver (L – 23-24)
9/16/91 at Houston (L – 7-17)
10/7/91 vs. Buffalo (W – 33-6)
10/28/91 vs. L.A. Raiders (W – 24-21)
9/28/92 vs. L.A. Raiders (W – 27-7)
9/20/93 vs. Denver (W – 15-7)
11/8/93 vs. GREEN BAY (W – 23-16)
12/17/94 at Denver (W – 31-28)
12/12/94 at Miami (L – 28-45)
10/9/95 vs. SAN DIEGO (W – 29-23 OT)
12/11/95 at Miami (L – 6-13)
10/7/96 vs. PITTSBURGH (L – 7-17)
12/9/96 at Oakland (L – 7-26)
9/8/97 at Oakland (W – 28-27)
11/3/97 vs. PITTSBURGH (W – 13-10)
10/26/98 vs. PITTSBURGH (L – 13-20)
11/16/98 vs. DENVER (L – 7-30)
10/2/00 vs. SEATTLE (W – 24-17)
12/4/00 at New England (L – 24-30)
10/20/03 at Oakland (W – 17-10)
10/4/04 at Baltimore (W – 27-24)
11/22/04 vs. NEW ENGLAND (L – 19-27)
12/13/04 at Tennessee (W – 49-38)
9/26/05 at Denver (L – 10-30)